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Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:24 am

Greetings!

Our friends at www.airevents.de have arranged to charter a Boeing 747-300 for a scenic flight of about an hour over the Netherlands, out of AMS on Saturday, April 14, 2007.

There has been a somewhat short and now archived thread on this when there was no exact pricing and date info available yet. Boeing 747-300 Sightseeing Flight (by Canberra Oct 24 2006 in Civil Aviation)

They have chartered PZ-TCM, a colorful ex-KLM bird. For many an aviation enthusiast this might be the last chance to fly on a dash 300, and for some this might be a trip down memory lane.


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Tickets start at 111 Eur, that is about 147$ American or 74.73 Sterling (what a coincidence!). This price is very reasonable in my opinion, and for a little more you'll get seats in the premium sections, the upper deck for example.

I have attended the Airevents Iran Air 747-100 flight out of CGN about 2 years ago, and there was a 747SP flight one year earlier, and many fellow A.netters will agree that it was a truly wonderful experience! The guys at Airevents (they're fellow A.netters, by the way) are experts at this kind of thing and I am 100% sure that they'll make this another unforgettable flight.

They need 300 bookings before the year ends, so if you're in the area or willing to travel it would be great if you'd book as soon as possible. Here's a link to the detailed description (including seat maps) and to make a booking:

http://www.airevents.de/product_info.php?products_id=93

You don't pay a cent until the flight is conformed, which is in early January, so you shouldn't make any acomodation and transportation arrangements yet.

I'm sure we'll have a great time before and after the flight, it's Amsterdam and it's the weekend, what more could you ever want!

Hope to see you all in April!

Soren  santahat 
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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:26 pm

I might add that AMS is a great spotting destination to begin with and we could certainly make up a program of flying, then spotting, and then going to town in the evening.

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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:27 pm

I agree that were nice events and I´m thinking to book this flight as well. See you all there.
 
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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:05 am

I have booked, and i really hope they get the necessary 300 bookings. Also, spending some time spotting at the Kaagbaan is a must, as they are closing the place.
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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:35 am

Can i provisionally put my name down for it, and then if circumstances change (quite likely) then I can remove my name?

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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:51 pm

I haven't been on a 743 and so I am interested. I suggest a routing like AMS-RTM-AMS.(Is RTM able to handle 747?) or AMS-Maastricht-AMS-----thereby,experiencing 2 take-offs and 2 landings on a 743!!
 
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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:41 pm

Its going to be excellent. If we go to MSt then it will add significant cost to the operation which could increse the ticket price by 10 or 15%!

Myself and some of my colleagues are going along.

Hope to see you all there!

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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Fri Dec 15, 2006 2:30 am

Quoting AirAmericaC46 (Reply 5):
Is RTM able to handle 747?

We don't see them too often, unfortunately, but RTM is 747-capable:

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Would be nice to see the PY in RTM  crossfingers   pray 
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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Fri Dec 15, 2006 2:42 am

Just to add, there flight is planned to be off stand so would be bussed out. They are trying to arrange a photo site onthe adjasant stand to take pictures from.
 
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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:35 am

Quoting AirAmericaC46 (Reply 5):
I suggest a routing like AMS-RTM-AMS

Sorry, but this is an AMS-AMS flight, no stop anywhere else. It costs a shipload of money to land a 747.

Quoting MACDADDY (Reply 8):
Just to add, there flight is planned to be off stand so would be bussed out. They are trying to arrange a photo site onthe adjasant stand to take pictures from.

Sounds awesome! I can't wait till they release the exact timing so I can book my flights in and out.

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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:41 am

hmm, bit steep for a sightseeing tour, but I might consider it.

I've flown this very bird twice while she was with KLM, and have very good memories of those flights.
Always a welcome sight at Schiphol, even if she's now more often sitting on the ramp than flying (SLM seems to have some problems with keeping schedules, leading to delays which regularly run to several days).
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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:50 am

The flight is going to be around 1400 local time i think, but there is plenty of room to manovre around everyone. Remember to wait until the flight is confirmed before booking a flight!

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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:22 am

Quoting MACDADDY (Reply 11):
Remember to wait until the flight is confirmed before booking a flight!

Yeah thats true, but there's an awesome deal for AMS-BSL that afternoon on www.sleasyjet.co.uk (wow, the link works! go figure!) at 1700 in the afternoon and I thought about booking now. I could check-in online so I'd be ok even if the sightseeing flight leaves at 1500 or so. If they do cancel, I'd just make it an Amsterdam tourist weekend.

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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:52 pm

Nice idea although I don't really get it.
A sightseeing flight at what altitude and speed ?
I am quite sure they won't get permission for a VFR flight and certainly not between 1000 and 1500ft.
A flight at 10.000ft with 350kts is not exactly a sightseeing flight if you ask me.
Then there is the flight time of 1 hour, 1 hour to where ?
When you blink your eyes ones you are above Belgium and at the next above Germany, you can circle the whole country 4 times in an hour.

My idea of a sightseeing flight is:
With the very first 1958 production F27 flying VFR at 1000ft.

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Or with the world's largest single engine bi-plane almost hovering over the country with 80kts.

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Or a Catalina flight including a water splash.

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Or an aerobatics and/or formation flight in a '55 Fokker S11.

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However if 350kts speed is the motive why not taking a Mustang or Fouga flight.

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What can beat a flight in a warbird, at least you will see something.

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Just to mention a few possibilities for you while visiting our country.
For the spotters among you guys, by April we should just have our Connie flying.

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Not available for passenger flights but still an opportunity not to be missed I guess.


Have fun,
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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:28 pm

Quoting Aviopic (Reply 13):
Nice idea although I don't really get it.

Sir, I believe you are mislead by the description on the Airevents web site. It is not written by native english speakers and the word "sightseeing" is a bit off. The point is not a "scenic flight" where everybody sits at the windows and marvels at the windmills, which would be nice in one of the planes you have mantioned and pictured, I believe the point is to experience a flight on a 743 which is quickly disappearing from passenger service. Myself for example, I have flown on 747s countles times, mostly in my youth and on 742s, and I love this plane. I have even flown on a 741, but never in my life on a 743. So this is my chance.

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RE: Surinam B747-300 Flight On April 14th Out Of AMS

Sat Dec 16, 2006 12:07 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
Sir

Please don't call me like that Big grin

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
It is not written by native english speakers

I am not either  Wink

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
I believe the point is to experience a flight on a 743 which is quickly disappearing from passenger service

Still don't get it.
What the fun of sitting in a "bus", might as well take a ride in the local kiddies school bus.

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
mostly in my youth and on 742s, and I love this plane. I have even flown on a 741, but never in my life on a 743

Do you think you will notice any difference between a -100, -200, -300 or even a -400 ?

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
and I love this plane

Me too, to take apart that is Big grin

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Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 14):
So this is my chance

For a moment I was thinking people were looking for a real flying experience and it was not my intention to take someone's fun away if this is what you want then I wish you all a great day.
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